HP, Newcomer Watchitoo Partner for Video Streaming Appliance

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2012-04-17 Print this article Print

New York-based Watchitoo provides a real-time social collaboration platform that it claims can be embedded by anyone into a Website. HP provides a ProLiant server for an enterprise deployment.

A 73-year-old IT company has joined forces with a relative newcomer to produce a new enterprise video-streaming appliance.

Three-year-old Watchitoo, which provides interactive software as a service- (Saas-) based professional high-definition video collaboration and streaming IT, announced last week that it has partnered with Hewlett-Packard for the video collaboration package. HP is contributing its ProLiant DL380 G7 Server to serve as the hardware.


The 2U-size server includes HP's Insight Control management software and 2-socket Intel Xeon processors.

New York-based Watchitoo provides a real-time social collaboration platform that it claims can be embedded by anyone into a Website. Equipped with patent-pending multi-streaming IT, the service allows a group of users to connect, share any type of media, see one another, talk and chat in real-time using nothing more than a Web browser.

The group can gather around any form of rich media (such as PDFs, PowerPoint presentations, documents, photos and high-definition video clips). The live multi-streaming platform allows up to 25 participants to communicate via a Webcam in real time while a passive audience of thousands can view the session online.

Watchitoo's feature set includes Twitter and Facebook integration, recording, screen-sharing and white-boarding among others. Watchitoo also enables instant polling, texting, and tweeting between all the participants for sales meetings, training, and corporate events.

The new Watchitoo-HP Appliance, preconfigured with the Web service, includes the following components:

  • Watchitoo Head Center: Allows for storage, streaming content, processing and analytics.
  • Watchitoo Accelerator: Increases the scalability of the output video feed and adds the ability to stream the composite video to computers and mobile devices alike.
  • Watchitoo Satellite: Enables the Watchitoo platform to quickly load in users' browsers, and media content loads faster. The local satellite communicates with the Watchitoo data center in New York to securely store and retrieve content and frequently used files.
  • Watchitoo Recording Server: This is a designated server that records all of the footage from a Watchitoo show. Recorded video is available for download, editing or on-demand playback.
JP Morgan Chase currently is using Watchitoo for HR training, the company said. Watchitoo has streamed Stylecaster fashion shows during Fashion Week, the NBA town hall on Christmas Day and TedXBigApple talks in New York City. It is also the IT embedded inside the "The Insider's" live chat via its Facebook page.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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